Teenage volunteers working with children in Ecuador lead a session on the playground.

Volunteer with Children in Ecuador as a Teenager

Work with other teenagers to help local children learn through play and do practical renovation work

Do community volunteer work in Ecuador, specifically designed for teenagers like you, and help local children learn through play. You’ll support staff and caregivers by keeping children stimulated with creative activities and games. This is a great way to add practical skills to your CV and have fun at the same time.

You’ll also help make kindergartens places that encourage learning. You can decorate a classroom in a coat of bright paint and create a cute alphabet worm mural. Your work could also involve repairing desks, building playground equipment, or maintaining a vegetable garden. What you do depends on the school’s needs at the time.  

You’ll be based in the Galapagos Islands, on the main island of San Cristobal. This project is open to teenagers from all over the world. You will make lots of new international friends while learning about the local culture and exploring the country in a structured way.

When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 021 234 8002 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Fixed dates during school holidays

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

San Cristobal (Read More)


Various options Read More

Requirements :

This project is only for 15-18 year olds

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Organised weekend tourism trips

  • Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is volunteer work with children in Ecuador for teenagers the right project for me?

This project is perfect for teenagers who enjoy working with children. You’ll also use your own two hands to do community work. This could be anything from painting a classroom to building playground equipment.

You don’t need any qualifications or experience to join. This is a great opportunity to gain childcare experience and add new skills like planning and leadership to your CV. It’s also ideal if you want to learn a few basic Spanish phrases, or improve your conversation.

This project is specifically designed for teenagers. We have a set itinerary and extra staff support, so you’ll have plenty of guidance. It’s also a great way to meet other teenagers from all over the world and make new friends.

A teenage volunteer working with children in Ecuador pushes a child on the swing.

What will I do as a Childcare & Community volunteer in Ecuador?

You’ll work with a group of teenagers your age to create educational resources and help children learn through play. These are some ways you can help, learn, and explore in Ecuador:

  • Work with children on their development and encourage learning through play
  • Do community work to create long-lasting resources for local communities
  • Work with teenagers from around the world and explore the Galapagos Islands together

Help children learn through play

As a Childcare & Community volunteer in Ecuador, most of your time will be spent working in a local kindergarten. Here, you will help arrange and run educational activities and games for the children. This might include singing songs, doing arts and crafts, or playing outdoors.

By doing this, you will assist local teachers in creating an environment where children can learn through play.

Community work

Even though most of your time will be spent working with children, you will also be involved with renovation and maintenance work in the community.

The kind of community work you do will depend greatly on what the need in the community is at the time. But you can definitely expect to get your hands dirty and go home with some paint splatters on your clothing! There is always a need for educational resources such as posters and flashcards, which teachers can use long after you’ve left. You may have the opportunity to paint classrooms or help construct playground equipment.

Work with other teenagers and explore Galapagos

You’ll be volunteering with teenagers from around the world, all sharing in this exciting experience abroad. There will be plenty for you to learn from your new friends. During social activities, you’ll explore and learn about life on the Galapagos Islands together. All activities take place under the supervision of Projects Abroad staff members.

Where interns work

San Cristobal

You’ll be based on the main island of San Cristobal. It forms part of the Galapagos archipelago located about 1,000km from mainland Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean.

As a Childcare & Community volunteer, your time will be split between working at a local kindergarten and getting involved with community projects. These might include painting classrooms, building playgrounds, or helping with farming or gardening.


When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Ecuador Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims and impacts of Childcare & Community in Ecuador for teens?

There are two main aims of this project: to immerse yourself in a different culture and support the work of local teachers and caregivers at a kindergarten.

In Ecuador, parents and caregivers typically have to work long hours to support their family. This leaves kids with less support and attention at home. In addition, staff at kindergartens struggle to meet the needs of children who are falling behind in their development. Overcrowded classes make it difficult for teachers to monitor children closely. On top of this, schools are often underfunded and lack the resources needed to make learning fun and engaging.

As part of your volunteer work, you’ll support teachers by helping the children learn through play. You’ll also help make the kindergarten a brighter, more welcoming place through renovation work.

Join our Childcare & Community Project for teenagers and help improve the lives of children in Ecuador.

A teenage volunteer working with children in Ecuador explains a game to a young boy.

Management Plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.

Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring Our Impact

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.

We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.


You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns during your stay in San Cristóbal. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together. You can also request to stay with a host family in San Cristóbal.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.


Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

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